Joint Committee Hearing Focus on Emergency Preparedness in Scranton

SCRANTON, August 24, 2016 – State Sen. Jay Costa joined numerous members of the Senate and House Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Committees at a joint committee hearing at the Gino J. Merli Veterans Center in Scranton.

The hearing was convened to discuss the reauthorization of Title 35 – which contains the Emergency Management Services code which governs how the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency (PEMA) functions and provides the framework for how the Commonwealth and local governments prepare for and respond to disa

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Costa Backs Beemer Appointment as Interim Attorney General

Harrisburg – Aug. 18, 2016 – Senate Democratic Leader Jay Costa (D-Allegheny) released the following statement in support of Gov. Tom Wolf’s nomination of Bruce Beemer to serve as interim attorney general.

Former Attorney General Kathleen Kane resigned on Wednesday following her conviction by a jury in Montgomery County on charges related to leaked grand jury documents. Bruce Castor is currently serving as interim attorney general.

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Joint Legislative Hearing in Pittsburgh Focuses on Eradicating Blight

Wilkinsburg, August 4, 2016 – At the request of state Senate Democratic Leader Jay Costa, a joint state Senate-House Democratic Policy Committee hearing was held today on efforts and resources to fight blight within our communities, including the successes and challenges of land banks.

“Blight is a scourge that impedes both business and residential interest in a community,” Costa said. “We must do what we can to give our municipalities the resources, tools and flexibility they need to quickly eradicate blight and begin revitalization efforts.”

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ACTION-Housing Bringing New Housing Opportunities for Seniors, Veterans in Forest Hills

Harrisburg – July 14, 2016 – Senator Jay Costa (D-Allegheny) and Rep. Paul Costa (D-Allegheny) today lauded ACTION-Housing’s plans to renovate blighted property in Forest Hills and turn the structure into affordable housing options for seniors and veterans.

ACTION-Housing plans to use Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency (PHFA) tax credits to renovate property at 1844 Ardmore Boulevard and create 41 housing units, including six which will be fully accessible for seniors and veterans with hearing and vision impairments.

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Bipartisan Revenue Plan Approved, Key Investments Funded, Costa Says

Harrisburg – July 13, 2016 – Senate Democratic Leader Jay Costa (D-Allegheny) issued the following statement after the Senate approved a revenue package that closes a $1.2 billion hole in the $31.5 billion 2016-17 General Fund budget.

The new funding eliminates the budget deficit, while guaranteeing key investments in education, opioid treatment, job creation, senior citizen programs and social services.

 

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Costa Backs Beemer Appointment as Interim Attorney General

Harrisburg – Aug. 18, 2016 – Senate Democratic Leader Jay Costa (D-Allegheny) released the following statement in support of Gov. Tom Wolf’s nomination of Bruce Beemer to serve as interim attorney general. Former Attorney General Kathleen Kane resigned on Wednesday...

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